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BioShock confirmed for PS3

Out this Christmas.

BioShock is on its way to PlayStation 3 after all.

Although 2K's press office was unable to comment this afternoon, PSM and Electronic Gaming Monthly both have cover stories on the game in their next issues.

Not many details are being shared online, although EGM does point out that there are "some potential graphical improvements" and that it will be out for the "2008 holiday season".

BioShock came out on PC and Xbox 360 last summer and was one of our favourite games of the year, despite polarising opinion among gamers - and responsible for one of 2007's most memorable gaming moments, which brought the storyline to an impressive head.

For those who never experienced it, the premise was that you survived a plane crash in the ocean and found your way to a utopian underwater city called Rapture where things had gone seriously wrong.

Using a mixture of old-school projectile weaponry and genetic modifications, you had to help the people you met and deal with the iconic Big Daddies - monstrous, lumbering creatures encased in metal diving suits, who escorted twisted little girls around the city harvesting the substance that powered up your own genes, ADAM.

Its path to PS3 has been long and confusing, with designer Ken Levine stating just after the game's release that "there is no secret plan about the PS3 that we're keeping from people".

"There's no PS3 development going on that we're hiding," he added. That's what they all say.

2K Marin is currently working on a sequel, due out in late 2009, and while the announcement made no mention of formats, a job posting suggested it could happen. So, BioShock on PS3 this Christmas, BioShock 2 on PS3, 360 and PC next Christmas? Stranger things have happened.